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News flash: Teens need adequate sleep!

March 31, 2016
  • By Dennis Rosen, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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Dennis Rosen, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dennis Rosen, M.D. is a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist at at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is the associate medical director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders. He is also an assistant professor of … See Full Bio
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Debbie O. Moore
April 18, 2016

Dr. Rosen you fail to acknowledge that even with good sleep hygiene, it is impossible for teens to get the sleep they need with daily school times in the 7 o’clock hour. #startschoollater

Anne Loo
April 4, 2016

Kudos for highlighting the importance of sleep for children’s mental and physical well-being. Now, Harvard can, and should, lead the way in helping to reduce time spent on homework, test taking and athletic and other types of practices so that our children have time for sleep and other activities that benefit them, like spending time with their families. We are not only robbing our children of their childhood but also of other types of essential life skills and their health is at risk. This is especially problematic for kids who are attempting to gain acceptance into elite schools, like Harvard. We have seen kids suffer from anxiety, attention deficit, depression, suicide attempts to full blown psychotic breaks with tragic and unspeakable outcomes. We, too often, put too much pressure on our children and do not tend to proper diets, healthy socializing, proper brain protection from concussions and sleep. Health and happiness matter! Thank you for reporting on this, now let’s start the job of reforming how we raise our children.

April 4, 2016

I totally agree with you. There is so much study load, homework plus unnecesary screen time in this generation that reduces sleep time of the teens.

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